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Pretty things: rocks

Remember when you were engaged, and your fiancé insisted on shopping for engagement rings even when you said you didn’t want one, so you went to the jewelry store and told the salesman that you wanted to look at engagement rings? And he took you over to the “engagement ring” section, and you looked at it and said, “Do you have anything that isn’t boring and cliched?” Well, what you actually said was, “Is there anything that isn’t diamonds?” And the salesman looked completely lost for a moment, and then said, “Well, not in the engagement ring section,” and had to take you to the “normal” jewelry section, where you got to look at a bunch of lab-created, clone-like stones that could have been colored glass for all you could tell?

No? Must have just been me.

The good news is that, despite what Big Diamond wants to tell you, there are millions of beautiful, real stones in the world that are utterly unique and much, much more interesting that something that is just transparent. To wit:

black opal

Black opal from Australia. Isn’t that stunning? October babies, you can’t tell me you don’t want a piece of birthstone jewelry with that in it.

What about you September babies? Do you want a birthstone piece, but don’t like blue? Well, how about this

purple star sapphireor this

pink sapphire

or this?

maroon star sapphire

All of those are sapphires! Who knew, right?

Let’s see, what else is there? How about if you do like blue?


This is larimar, a rare stone that comes from the Dominican Republic. These are GORGEOUS; in real life it looks like a Disney-blue ocean just solidified. I recently saw a display of larimar at a local store, and I and another woman were pretty much just standing there with our mouths hanging open.

Or how about this? This one is really pretty:


Prefer purple?

druzy amethyst

Here’s a beautiful opal already set in a pendant (I love this one):
opal pendant

Here’s a piece of rose quartz with a star in it! How cool is that?
madagascar star rose quartz

I never used to like gemstone jewelry, because everything seemed so mass-produced. What’s the point of having a stone that looks like a million others? I figure, if you want to wear pretty stones, you should get ones that YOU like, not whatever a gemstone cartel has told you is the only appropriate thing to buy for [insert occasion].

So the next time you want to add to your jewelry collection, or you want to get someone a nice gift, I recommend looking into something truly unique.


Every single one of these stones (along with tons of others) is for sale at 4th Dimension Gems on Etsy. They offer custom settings, so if you like any of these stones but don’t have the means to set it yourself, you can just request it! I love it because it gives you the opportunity to get a stone AND a setting you like; you’re not locked into someone else’s design.

There’s a wide range of prices, too; you can get something super-expensive for a really special occasion, or you can get something just as pretty for everyday for a reasonable price.

I would consider you buying some of these stones as a personal favor to me; I’ve already got two (see? aren’t you jealous? 🙂 ), and I’m not sure how long I can continue to resist temptation. There’s something about opals

(All photos by 4th Dimension Gems)


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